Gwendolyn Wyard has been actively working in the organic industry for 17 years. She serves as the Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety for the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In this capacity she works on the development of policy strategy through regulatory engagement in the interest of OTA’s mission and its members. Gwendolyn also serves on the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors in the OTA designated seat and she serves as Technical Representative in North America for the Global Organic Textile Standard. Prior to OTA Gwendolyn worked for Oregon Tilth where she served as the Technical Specialist specializing in policy analysis and technical review of materials for use in organic products. Gwendolyn completed her certificate as an independent farm and processing inspector through the International Organic Inspector’s Association (IOIA) in 1997 and has subcontracted for multiple certifiers inspecting a diverse range of operations.